Polypropylene is a very common material molded at Fort Wayne Plastics. Polypropylene resin is regularly utilized in both low pressure, multi-nozzle, structural foam and gas assist structural web injection molding process formats. Polypropylene is widely used in returnable material handling products, medical applications and many other product applications that require toughness.
Polypropylene is a commonly recycled material and is recognized with the number “5” as its recycling identifier.
Polypropylene Plastic Properties:
At higher temperatures, PP is resistant to stress and cracking, as well as chemical solvents, bases, and acids. Standard polypropylene has a melting point of 320°F (160°C) and possesses an outstanding balance of mechanical properties, melt flow, color stability, and moisture barrier properties.
- Specific Gravity - .90
- Tensile Strength- 3500 – 4000 psi
- Elongation : 8%
- Deflection Temperature - 87 C / 189 F
- Flammability, UL 94 HB
Advantages of Polypropylene Plastic Include:
- High temperature resistance
- Good resistance to fatigue
- Excellent chemical resistance
- High dielectric strength
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John J. Young has joined Fort Wayne Plastics, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. John graduated from Indiana University at Fort Wayne with a degree in accounting in 1995. He is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in public accounting, banking, agriculture, and transportation. John and his wife Barbara have four young boys. In addition to raising children John is active with Church, charitable organizations and youth sports. In his free time John enjoys spending time with family, friends, hunting, fishing, and summers at the lake.
Jessica Ginter joins FWP as our new Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Jessica brings 11 years of sales and marketing experience to FWP with expertise in campaign development and interactive marketing. She attended Indiana University with a focus on communications and business and has spent the majority of her career in radio. Jessica will be responsible for pricing, key account management, project management, new product development and interactive marketing.
Fort Wayne Plastics is happy to announce the successful completion of a trial run of sample product for a new FWP customer.
FWP is always honored to partner with customers to mold their low pressure, multi -nozzle injection molded plastic parts. We value new and ongoing relationships and understand our services ultimately add value to our customer’s offerings.
We work very closely with our customers to effectively manage the implementation or transition of a new product into the fold of our molding operation.The FWP management professionals operate as a cross functional team with the aid of a lead project manager to assess and address all aspects associated with the successful transition of a new customer program. FWP technical resources work with the customer to meet and exceed expectations in all areas. In addition to part molding and mold-ability performance issues; procurement, scheduling, tool and material management, quality, shipping, and possible FWP warehousing plans are established during the early stages of a new tool build or existing tool transition.
FWP is proud to work with all of our customers and we deeply appreciate and recognize the importance of FWP’s role in our customers’ success in the marketplace.
Fort Wayne Plastics speaks a great deal about our people, equipment and superior customer service as key differentiators in our ability to attract and retain customers. The FWP facility is over 170,000 square-feet in size and almost half of the square footage is dedicated to our warehouse. The large space enables the under roof warehousing of FWP customer’s products. FWP’s ability to mold and stage larger quantities is a key variable in determining molding run sizes and allows for more economical runs which aids in allowing Fort Wayne Plastics to arrive at the best piece part price.
FWP is a service provider that blends systems, prudent business practices, facility attributes and flexibility to offer our customers solutions for molding, warehousing and distribution intent upon promoting our customer’s success in the marketplace.
Meet Judy Koontz; Judy has been the voice on the phone for many years as Fort Wayne Plastics’ Customer Service Manager. Judy began with Fort Wayne Plastics in 1982 and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and represents FWP as the first point of contact with customer issues. Judy not only has electronic tools to access information quickly to answer questions and provide solutions but is backed up by a cross functional team of FWP managers devoted to customer satisfaction.
Superior customer service is a strategic goal for FWP and
has proven to be a key differentiator in todays’ marketplace. FWP’s superior
service is backed by organization-wide strategies and investments in people,
systems and tools to for delivering on the service promise.
• MRP SYSTEM provides instant access to inventory, scheduling, shipping, etc.
• Single point of contact conversant in all aspects of FWP’s services
• Committed to same day order acknowledgement.
• In compliance with our ISO certification improvement activities, FWP continually surveys its customer base for performance evaluation and ideas for FWP to improve.
Structural-web molding technology is a low pressure process
that creates controlled internal hollow channels in parts that increase
stiffness and strength while saving material and cycle time. It can be
performed on the same multi-nozzle, low-pressure injection machines utilized
for structural foam.
To compare with structural foam molding, a process in which nitrogen
gas is injected into the extruder barrel and mixed into the melt to produce a
part with a solid skin and cellular core; structural web injects nitrogen gas through
special polymer/gas nozzles directly into the mold. The result is a solid skin
with hollow thick sections such as structural ribs.
The web process produces a smoother surface finish than
structural foam with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Unlike
structural foam, structural web molded parts do not contain the characteristic
swirls on the part surface. Coupled with the advantages of the low pressure
multi-nozzle format; structural web allows for high quality appearance parts
which can be physically large and/or multiple parts able to be manufactured in
The structural web molding process is favorable to other
molding processes due to the lower internal stresses to the part and lack of
sinks. Additionally, structural web molding lends itself to increased design
flexibility along with lower clamp tonnages and lower cost aluminum tools.
Bill Hammons – Plant Manager
In 1978, Bill started his career in the low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding industry as a Press Operator. Over the years, Bill has gained valuable experience and knowledge in multiple areas of the injection molding industry including mold set-up, maintenance, plant supervision and manufacturing engineering. Bill will oversee all plant operations at FWP and report directly to the Operations Manager. With over 34 years of industry expertise, Bill will be counted on to be a valuable addition to the FWP team.
Jim Platt – Maintenance Manager
Jim entered the maintenance field in 1977 as an entry level mechanic. Through formal education and on-the-job training, Jim eventually became a Maintenance Superintendent. In 2005, he attended the University of Wisconsin for Structural Engineering and is now considered a Practicing Engineer. Jim will oversee all areas of plant maintenance and will report directly to the Operations Manager. FWP is pleased to welcome Jim to the team and anticipate him to be a key person in the overall success of FWP.
Structural foam plastic is a solid choice for converting products made from steel, concrete, or wood. Structural foam molding and structural web gas-assist molding are ideal for many applications due to the inherent properties associated with the molding process. Desirable product qualities, such as the ability to mold parts of large physical size, parts that require high visual appeal, design flexibility and the integration of multiple parts into a single part, high strength and rigidity, and light weight in relation to overall size are only a few of the benefits obtained by the low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding process. Pricing is competitive with other plastics molding processes, as well as lower tooling costs due to aluminum construction of these molds.
Thermoplastic resins are excellent materials for conversion because they reduce part weight, increase durability, and provide an environmentally friendly recyclable product allowing cost savings of the part. FWP is an expert partner in guiding your company with converting your part and will manage all aspects of the process with part design support, material selection, and tool design support. All of these factors will optimize the “mold ability” of the part to help lower tooling costs and ensure that the finished part will meet or exceed all of your expectations and requirements.
Fort Wayne Plastics has taken a serious and concentrated effort in promoting employee health and wellness for all employees. FWP has partnered with PHP in support of their Corporate Wellness Program that will encourage and reward the efforts of employees in achieving their individual healthy weight goal. FWP is proud to offer an exercise facility on campus, thus allowing more flexibility for employees to maintain their work-outs schedules.
FWP has also teamed up with Tobacco Free Allen County in creating and implementing tobacco cessation policies in the workplace. Coaching and emotional support for employees wanting to quit smoking are just a few services that this program offers. Since June 2011, FWP has been a smoke free campus.
One of the more commonly used resins we mold with at FWP is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum and is structured from ethylene by a catalytic process. HDPE is commonly recycled and has the number “2″ as its recycling symbol.
HDPE Informational Facts:
- Maximum Temperature: 248 degrees F / 120 degrees C
- Minimum Temperature: -148 degrees F / -100 degrees C
- Melting Point: 266 degrees F / 130 degrees C
- Tensile Strength: 4550 psi
- Hardness: SD65
- Specific Gravity: 0.95
- Excellent resistance to acids, alcohols, and bases
- Good resistance to aldehyde and esters
- Excellent for any food related products, FDA, NSF, and USDA
- Good chemical resistance and high rigidity
- Good impact resistance, light weight, very low moisture absorption, and high tensile strength
Please contact the Sales department at FWP with all your low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding needs at 260-432-2520 or email@example.com.